Why UBI Experiments Cannot Resolve Much of the Public Disagreement About UBI

  • Karl WiderquistEmail author
Part of the Exploring the Basic Income Guarantee book series (BIG)


This chapter explains why Universal Basic Income (UBI) experiments cannot resolve the public disagreement about UBI. It argues not only that experiments make a small contribution to the large body of available evidence, but also that the discussion turns less on remaining unknowns about UBI’s effects than on the ethical desirability of UBI’s known effects.


Basic income experiments Negative Income Tax experiments Social science experiments Basic income Universal Basic Income Inequality Poverty 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Georgetown University in QatarDohaQatar

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